This Week in IoT: Zuckerberg Touts VR, New IoT Standards Group, PTC and AR

February 24, 2016

All eyes are on Barcelona as Mobile World Congress 2016 (MWC) showcases the best mobile technologies in the world this week. Virtual reality (VR) is dominating MWC headlines, assisted by the appearance of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at the Samsung Unpacked keynote on Monday to outline a partnership between the mobile hardware maker and a subsidiary of the world’s largest social media network.

“VR is the next platform where anyone can create and experience anything they want,” said Zuckerberg in his nine-minute address to the audience. “VR is going to be the ‘most social’ platform.”

You can watch Zuckerberg’s full speech below:

See ThingWorx at MWC

Speaking of MWC, you can see the ThingWorx IoT Platform in action at the show. The ThingWorx team is demonstrating a smart city app in Libelium’s booth (booth 8.0C1) that illustrates how air quality can be monitored and controlled based on data collected with Libelium sensors.

MWC attendees can also drop by the ThingWorx booth (booth 8.0C13) to experience our Santa Cruz bike demo!

New Processor for IoT Devices

In a positive move for increasingly smaller and smaller connected devices, chip maker ARM introduced what it is calling an “ultra-efficient” processor specifically for IoT applications. As noted in this ZDnet piece, the Cortex-A32 processor “is ARM’s smallest and most power-efficient core in its range, with the chip designed to be used inside products such as wearable devices, internet connected sensors, and small single-board computers.”

According to the company’s specs, the new processor includes new power management features that deliver 25% more efficiency, which is crucial to reducing idle power consumption for small devices.

The Open Connectivity Foundation Sets Big IoT Goal

In a move that sees major IoT players working together, the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) is a new entity that aims to unify the various IoT standards that exist today. Anchored by Microsoft, Intel, Cisco, Samsung, GE Digital, and others, the OCF has a vested interest in ensuring that the IoT devices of today and tomorrow will work seamlessly together. (Yes, there is a utopian IoT future where your smart watch will talk to your smart washing machine and your smart refrigerator, among other things.)

This Computerworld article does a great job laying out how OCF plans to hit their ambitious goal.

PTC’s AR Technology in the News

For those of you who attended ThingEvent last month – in-person or via the live stream – you already know that PTC is at the forefront of augmented reality (AR) technology. PTC company president Jim Heppelmann and industry analysts were recently featured in the Boston Globe, where they shared more of PTC’s vision for the future.

The Globe piece points out: “In the near term, virtual reality will get most of the attention and the early traction,” said Tom Mainelli, a display technology analyst at the Framingham research firm IDC Corp. “Longer term, augmented reality ends up being a much larger market.”

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